"Shostakovich: A Life Remembered" is a unique study of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, based on reminiscences from his contemporaries: family members, friends, fellow musicians and other prominent figures of the time.
Elizabeth Wilson covers the composer's life from his early successes to his struggles under the Stalinist regime, and his international recognition as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century.
This revised edition, produced to coincide with the centenary of Shostakovich's birth, draws on many new writings on the composer.
This provides both a more detailed and focused image of Shostakovich's life, and a wider view of his cultural background.
A particular aspect of Shostakovich which is revealed in this new edition is his sardonic and witty sense of humour, displayed in many of his letters to close friends.